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Comment: actual stats: 35k trips, 80k miles a day (Score 3, Informative) 100 100

Most Citi bikes go ununsed as far as I can tell.

You tell wrong. There are 6,000 bikes in the system and there's roughly 35,000 daily users.

I personally would've rather seen cleaner, faster, quieter and more reliable subways than more advert-bikes. But it's not so sexy for citibank to donate a tiny fraction of the MTA's budget for some billboards/posters.

Thank goodness we have urban transit planners, people with degrees in this stuff. They are heavily, heavily pushing bicycle transit and bike shares. Not because it's 'sexy', but because it works.

You can plop down a bike share station in a matter of days or weeks (the biggest hassle are the community meetings) which affords enormous flexibility; it takes months to redo a bus route, and decades to plan a subway line. Bike share bikes convert a fair number of people over to bike ownership, too - and the presence or more bike riders on the city's streets makes the streets safer for everyone.

Comment: Re:Don't give money to your alma mater. (Score -1, Troll) 348 348

Not only am I well aware of how an endowment is operated -- this is a regular topic of faculty meetings, for god's sake

Then don't say ignorant things like this:

"A bit of data: Harvard's endowment amounts to $1.7 million per student. With a reasonable return on endowment investment, hey could quite literally abolish tuition forever if they wanted to"

You could also demonstrate some basic knowledge on the subject by showing that you understand "Harvard University" isn't "undergraduate" - that's Harvard COLLEGE. Here you go again:

A 3.5% return on Harvard's 1.7 million per student endowment would give an annual income of $60,000, which is equal to Harvard's tuition plus room and board.

Why do you think room and board at Harvard College is $60K?

What do you think will happen when you direct all the investment income into student tuition and board?

Well? Here's a big hint (oooo, am I being "condescending" again?): paying everyone's tuition via the investment income doesn't change REVENUE. So what pays for all the things the endowment income WAS paying for, but isn't anymore?


Well, Mr. Fucking I Teach Physics? Ever heard the expression "rob Peter to pay Paul"?

Comment: Re:Don't give money to your alma mater. (Score 0) 348 348

A bit of data: Harvard's endowment amounts to $1.7 million per student. With a reasonable return on endowment investment, hey could quite literally abolish tuition forever if they wanted to.

"Full disclosure: I'm a professor at a liberal arts college whose endowment per student is mediocre at best.

Clearly not a professor of finance, math, etc. given you don't understand that investment income on the endowment is what the school uses to help with operating and capital expenses. You avoid at all costs spending the endowment; you spend some of the investment income. Or, to put it in simpler terms a "liberal arts professor" might understand: selling the cow instead of the milk has enormous long-term impact.

Also, given Harvard is older than the United States (in fact, older than the Commonwealth of Massachusetts) - "forever" is a really strong word.

Harvard has a huge number of full-boat scholarships and when the endowment tanked, none of the schools dropped their scholarship levels. Several raised them.

Comment: Re:is there a simple android edit/add client? (Score 1) 25 25

So there's eight or ten clients for android that support some sort of editing, which is precisely why I asked. Which of them actually has a usable interface for simply and quickly adding POI's?

I'm not going to go through the trouble of installing almost a dozen clients just to answer this question.

Comment: is there a simple android edit/add client? (Score 3, Insightful) 25 25

On a slightly related note: I wanted to add minor resources like bike repair stations and water fountains in my city, and figured there MUST be an android app that would make this about as simple as "hold your phone over it for a bit to get an averaged position, now click this and then "water fountain".

Nothing that I could see was remotely this simple? Even the web editor is a nightmare of trying to figure out exactly how to do things...and the wiki didn't help much, either, with poor documentation on the various properties one can assign to an object.

Comment: it's about taking control of the story/keywords (Score 2) 54 54

> Translation: We can't afford (read: won't pay) for real security personnel,

Eh, not really. I guarantee you they have a lot of "real" security personnel.

This is about taking over control of the story; it's a sort of "pay no attention to the thing we don't want you to hear about" (ie the fact that their onboard infotainment/networking and satellite uplink systems are ludicrously insecure) and "pay attention to this other thing."

Now when you search for "united hacking", you'll get a billion stories about the bug bounty, and few about the original problem - that a passenger was able to walk all over stuff he shouldn't have been able to. It's already starting to work, a few hours in:

It also helps them look, to shareholders/the market/the public, like they're "responding" and making an effort to "improve security."

Comment: After my Transformer Infinity, never again (Score 1) 48 48

After the incredible piece of shit that my TF700T was, never will I buy an Asus tablet again.

Nice screen (it was one of the first android tablets to have a really high-res screen), the graphics processor and CPU are fast...but they completely screwed the pooch on the flash architecture, making the thing crippled; any sort of disk IO causes it to slow to a crawl. There are all sorts of hacks to make just web browsing bearable, by using a ram disk to completely avoid the flash. People also put in the fastest SD cards they can find.

Didn't the Nexus 7, which they OEM'd, have similar issues?

Comment: Ford pulled a similar stunt with Explorer pillars (Score 2) 247 247

Ford Explorer roof pillars were initially spec'd with a fairly high-grade steel. Citing costs, management refused to use the high-grade steel and instead used a weaker steel.

Result? Lots of roof-cave-ins on a vehicle that was prone to roll over.

Comment: Malcom Gladwell is a corporate shill (Score 3, Interesting) 247 247

Malcom Gladwell is the product of conservative institutes and think tanks; he has worked for racists, the tobacco industry, oil companies, big pharma, and more. His books popularize the kind of thinking that said industries have used to defend their practices.

Comment: Cloudfare blocks Tor (Score 2) 160 160

Cloudfare blocks Tor exit nodes heavily; you have to fill out a captcha almost every other page refresh. It makes it almost impossible to navigate a website.

That seems incompatible with your distaste for "kowtowing to the enemies of freedom" and trying to allow customers access to your books even if a government doesn't want them to have access.

Comment: Re:root = same process (Score 4, Insightful) 130 130

Gatekeeper also isn't "all MacOS X security". There's separate malware detection, and in order to do much of anything the user has to enter their computer account password.

It's a minor part of OS X security, mostly designed to keep casual users from installing stuff outside the apple store.

Comment: maximum, not "street value" (Score 1) 206 206

35 years was the combined maximum possible sentence. There is no such thing as "street value" of sentences.

During sentencing (if he was found guilty and accountable) is when the judge or jury decides on what punishment is dealt, CAPPED by the maximum. In white collar crimes, it is rarely if ever give the maximum sentence.

He was caught doing a similar stunt prior to the JSTOR incident, warned that what he was doing was illegal.

He trespassed onto MIT campus (he was not a member of the MIT community), trespassed into a building, trespassed into a network closet, installed unauthorized equipment on the network, subverted their access systems, subverted blocking/tracking attempts by MIT network operations, downloaded documents at a rate so great it made JSTOR servers inaccessible, subverted JSTOR's attempts to block him to the extent that JSTOR had to block large sections of the MIT campus, and then installed a second laptop when he wasn't getting documents as fast as he wanted.

JSTOR's fee pays for archiving, indexing, and data transmission. Bandwidth, power, servers, and administrators do not grow on trees. They are not "paywalling free research."

He killed himself because he had a history of mental health issues, proven by among other things publicly discussing the appeal of suicide.

Comment: Ray, you're above embargos (Score 1) 25 25

Nothing like releasing your review the day after units start shipping, ie when it's too late to find out the unit's faults.

Goddammit I hate embargos...the only reason they exist is to hide flaws and problems from people who could get a refund. Ray, stop being the industry's bitch. You have a ton of readers, tell gadget makers to pound sand if they tell you that you can't release a review before it ships.

Comment: if he was mentally ill, why didn't it end there? (Score 1) 297 297

Why didn't the FBI say "this person is mentally ill", and simply get him mental health services? Oh, right. That doesn't get you commendations for "stopping a terrorist attack."

A Muslim cleric isn't a mental health counselor or psychologist. They're a religious leader.

"Intelligence without character is a dangerous thing." -- G. Steinem